Note that climate scientist Mike Hulme‘s book is a view from the University of East Anglia. Chronologically preceding the CRU (apologies for quoting the monikin) “climategate”, just before the Copenhagen Summit in December of that year, 2009.

Why We Disagree About Climate Change:

Understanding Controversy, Inaction and Opportunity

Publisher’s description:

Climate change is not ‘a problem’ waiting for ‘a solution’. It is an environmental, cultural and political phenomenon which is re-shaping the way we think about ourselves, our societies and humanity’s place on Earth. Drawing upon twenty-five years of professional work as an international climate change scientist and public commentator, Mike Hulme provides a unique insider’s account of the emergence of this phenomenon and the diverse ways in which it is understood. He uses different standpoints from science, economics, faith, psychology, communication, sociology, politics and development to explain why we disagree about climate change. In this way he shows that climate change, far from being simply an ‘issue’ or a ‘threat’, can act as a catalyst to revise our perception of our place in the world. Why We Disagree About Climate Change is an important contribution to the ongoing debate over climate change and its likely impact on our lives.

10 pages excerpted from Chapter 1 (grace a U of Cambridge Press “look inside”)

The Social Meanings of Climate Change

CC sociology articles by him:

Cosmopolitan Climates: hybridity, foresight and meaning


Disciplines, geography and gender in the framing of climate change

(2010, collaboration between 2 U East Anglia and 2 U of Melbourne scientists)

Climate Change: what do we know about the IPCC?

(2010, with Martin Mahony)

AND another UCP book, edited by Bjørn Lomborg, Copenhagen Business School

Smart Solutions to Climate Change:

Comparing Costs and Benefits

Publisher’s description:

The failure of the Copenhagen climate conference in December 2009 revealed major flaws in the way the world’s policy makers have attempted to prevent dangerous levels of increases in global temperatures. The expert authors in this specially commissioned collection focus on the likely costs and benefits of a very wide range of policy options, including geo-engineering, mitigation of CO2, methane and ‘black carbon’, expanding forest, research and development of low-carbon energy and encouraging green technology transfer. For each policy, authors outline all of the costs, benefits and likely outcomes, in fully referenced, clearly presented chapters accompanied by shorter, critical alternative perspectives. To further stimulate debate, a panel of economists, including three Nobel laureates, evaluate and rank the attractiveness of the policies. This authoritative and thought-provoking book will challenge readers to form their own conclusions about the best ways to respond to global warming.